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Next Stop, Australia

Dear Jan: The last couple of weeks have been non-stop — many short trips mixed in with preparations for our departure from Bali. We are all leaving at different times for different destinations. Alec and I head off for Australia … Continue reading

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Yogya Memories

Dear Jan: Last week’s visit to Yogyakarta was a trip down memory lane. I think you already know this, but William and I lived in Yogya for a year in 1988. It was the year after we graduated from law … Continue reading

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East Java Jive

Dear Jan: I’m just back from a quick trip to Malang, a city in East Java that is famous for its cool climate and beautiful surroundings. Sometimes called the “Paris of East Java,” Malang has long attracted Western visitors and … Continue reading

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Ibu Made

Dear Jan: In this letter, I want to tell you the story of Ibu Made, my beloved pembantu, a role that translates as “helper.” Made is far more than that — she is the major domo of this house. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Goodbye to the Studio

Dear Jan, I am starting to deconstruct my life here in anticipation of leaving in a little over a month. The next few weeks will be busy, as I have a number of trips planned, first to Malang in East … Continue reading

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Manggis, Mantas and Monkeys

Dear Jan, I have been under the weather with a sinus infection, which explains why you haven’t heard from me for a while. I already had a cold when my cousin Alan arrived from Australia 10 days ago, but I … Continue reading

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An Artful Exchange

Dear Jan: After several letters recounting tales of my recent travels, I am returning to the subject of art in Bali. Through visits to local museums and readings on 20th century Balinese art, I have learned of an intriguing and … Continue reading

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